Nose blowing !

Hertfordshire Mercury, 14th October 1916


Private Henry Woods, a soldier, of Hatfield, pleaded guilty to assaulting Henry Richard Taylor on 1st October.

Mr Taylor said that on the date in question, he had been on duty as a Special Constable and had occasion to go to a house about some lights that were showing.  Whilst standing there waiting to see that the light was put out, he received a blow on the nose from the defendant who had come out of the house.  In answer to the Bench, Mr Taylor said that the defendant had given no reason for his action.  He had merely asked what the witness had been doing at his house.

The defendant said that, at the time, he had not realised what he had done, but afterwards felt very sorry.

Taylor, recalled, said that in consequence of the blow, his eyes were blackened for some days.

Supt. Peck said that the attack had occurred at the very time a raid was in progress and that Special Constables had been particularly detailed for this work of putting out lights.

The Bench fined the defendant £1.

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